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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeongdoo, Minister of National Defence, on the second day of his 3-day visit to Republic of Korea (ROK) in Seoul. Indian Defence Minister is on a three-day visit to South Korea with an aim to intensify bilateral defence and security relations.

Key Highlights of Meet

Two leaders comprehensively reviewed bilateral defence co-operation between the countries and noted that defence co-operation lies at heart of Special Strategic Partnership between India and ROK. Both also exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Discussions were held on ongoing co-operation at Service-to-Service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defence industries of India and Korea.

Agreements Signed: To further the defence educational exchanges and to extend logistical support to each other’s Navies both countries signed two major agreements. This agreement is expected to enhance defence co-operation between two countries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid homage at National Cemetery of Korea to brave martyrs who had laid down their lives for Korean nation. He also visited War Memorial to which he presented a copy of citation received by Indian 60th Para Field Hospital for its exceptional contributions during Korean War (1950 –1953).

India-Korea Defence Ties

India is already developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea as Indian Army has already inducted K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers (which is a modified version of South Korea’s Samsung-Techwin K-9 Thunder) built in partnership with Indian firm Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and South Korean Hanwha Techwin.

India hosts 6th India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue

India is hosting 6th India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in New Delhi. The three-day Dialogue will be held from 7-9 September 2019. Every year NITI Aayog (earlier Planning Commission) on Indian side and National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC) on Chinese side lead SED Mechanism wherein a bilateral Dialogue is held annually alternately at capital cities of two countries i.e. in New Delhi and Beijing.

About 6th India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue

It will be chaired by Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and Chinese side will led by chairman, National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC). Also, senior representatives from policy making, industry and academia will participate in dialogue from both sides.

The dialogue will comprise of round table meetings of Joint Working Groups (JWG) followed by technical site visits and closed door G2G meetings.

Focus Areas: SED will focus on collaboration between two countries on areas of Infrastructure, Energy, Resource Conservation, High-Tech, Pharmaceuticals and Policy coordination.

 

Background

India-China SED was established in December 2010 between erstwhile Planning Commission and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China during the visit of then Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to India. Since then, the SED has served as an effective mechanism for enhancing bilateral practical cooperation.

Under the aegis of SED, senior representatives from both sides (India and China) come together to constructively deliberate on and share individual best practices and successfully identify sector-specific challenges as well as opportunities for enabling ease of doing business (EDB) and at the same time facilitating bilateral trade and investment flows.

At 2nd SED (held in November 2012)  at New Delhi, it was decided to constitute 5 standing Joint Working Groups (JWGs) on Policy Coordination, Infrastructure, Environment, Energy, and High Technology under SED for strengthening cooperation in these fields. Also a 6th Joint Working Group on Pharmaceuticals has also been constituted after 5th SED, which was held in Beijing on 14 April 2018 (just before informal Wuhan Summit between PM Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping).